Youth & Teen Classes

Please visit our Creative Arts Camps page for Summer Camp options. Camps on sale starting January 31, 2018.

Orlando Shakes’ All the World’s A Stage classes focus on skill sets that benefit youth and teens on stage as well as in everyday life. Focusing on the proficiency needed to bring great work to life, our classes celebrate the process of learning, experimenting, taking risks, and challenging expectations by focusing first on acting, then movement, and, finally Shakespeare’s words. Alone or as a package, this training is valuable for beginning actors as well as professionals.

About Youth and Teen Classes

After each class students are given a homework sheet detailing what was learned that day and assignments for the following week, allowing you to track your child’s progress and reinforce skills taught in class. All sessions culminate in a presentation for friends and family on the last day.

See what your children have learned! Join us for continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. while the students have a final rehearsal. Presentations begin at 10:00 a.m.

Please call the Education Department at 407-447-1700 ext. 254 for more information.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after seven days prior to the class start date.

Click here to register for Youth and Teen Classes.

Fall 2017

  • Saturdays, Sept. 9 – Oct. 14 (6 weeks)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Fee: $195

 

I Spy!

Age 4-Grade 1

Can you find hidden clues? Can you work as a team to solve the puzzle? We need your help! Come play “I Spy” with us.

Magic Tree House Shakespeare

Grades 2-4

Travel through time in your very own magic tree house to meet William Shakespeare! Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare?

Detective Training

Grades 5-7

Unearth clues with Sherlock Holmes and use your skills of super deduction as we act out scenes with the famous detective and sidekick Watson!

Man of La Mancha

Grades 8-12

Roam the countryside with knights, ladies, thieves, and vagabonds as we act out scenes inspired by the tales of Don Quixote.

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Winter 2018

  • Saturdays, Jan. 27 – March 10 (6 weeks) 
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Fee: $195

Fairies and Goblins

Age 4-Grade 1

Let your favorite fairies and goblins lead you to enchanted lands. Students will act out scenes from Shakespeare’s most magical plays.

Comedy, Tonight

Grades 2-4

A comic Romeo and Juliet? Yes! Learn how to put your “silly” to use in the hilarious Pyramus and Thisbe scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Twelfth Night

Grades 5-7

“If music be the food of love, play on.” Perform scenes from one of Shakespeare’s most contemporary plays in this camp where love seems doomed to fail, but always wins in the end!

Shakespeare In Love

Grades 8-12

Step into the shoes of Shakespeare himself. Students will rehearse scenes from the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love which explores a time when women weren’t even allowed on stage!

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Spring 2018

  • Saturdays, March 31 – May 5 (6 weeks)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Fee: $195

Alexander Who is Going to Move!

Age 4 – Grade 1

Students will explore Alexander’s world and help him decide the best place to live. The jungle? A deserted island? On the moon?!? Help him decide.

Be a Character!

Grades 2-4

Explore the many ways actors create a character. We’ll play with funny walks and silly voices to build our own characters. Students will be expected to learn a short one-minute monologue.

On Guard!

Grades 5-7

Students will learn the essential techniques of stage combat while performing famous fight scenes from a few of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

Audition 101

Grades 8-12

Get prepared for upcoming production and college auditions. Students will work on monologues chosen just for them and discover the elements of giving a polished, professional audition.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a typical class size?
A: Our classes typically range from 5-15 students depending on the time of the year.

Q: How many instructors per class?
A: We provide two professional acting instructors per class.

Q: Tell me more about “theater games.”
A: A theater game is an exercise, either physical or mental, designed to teach a skill that can be used on stage (and in real life, too!). There are countless different games that teach such skills as mental focus, ensemble, healthy vocal production, physical awareness, and emotional connection to your text (text is the Shakespeare word for your lines). Students learn advanced concepts and overcome personal hurdles while laughing and creating.

Q: Is there a final show?
A: All classes have a final “open class” or workshop presentation. It is a celebration of the growth each student has made in their acting journey. We do not use costumes. Instead, we focus on the student and what they can communicate with their voices, bodies and emotions. On the second to the last day of class we will send your child home with a letter detailing the time of the presentation.

Q: What type of clothing is recommended?
A: Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and sturdy athletic shoes.

Q: Can kids really do Shakespeare?
A: YES! Kids already understand Shakespeare on an emotional level because they are less closed off (or in control) of their emotions than adults. Teachers choose the material based upon the skills and interests of their particular class.

Q: May I watch the class?
A: We do not permit parents to watch acting classes. We have discovered that when parents are in the room the younger students who are labeled “shy” always cling to their parent. Most of the time, these same students thrive when there is not a parent in the room. Non “shy” students tend to try and perform for their parent’s approval instead of focusing on the instructor. This limits their ability to fully participate.

Q: Can my child be moved up a grade level?
A: Many parents, who know and love the sheer joy and brilliance of their children, would like for their child to be moved into a class with older students. While we respect this view, we simply do not move children up a grade level. We put a great deal of energy and thought in the composition and curriculums of our classes and believe that we provide a quality experience for all children.

Q: What is the refund policy for classes?
A: No refunds will be given after seven days prior to the class start date.

Auditing: Students may audit a class for a $10 fee, which will be deducted from the class fee upon joining.